Mark Peaty wrote:
SP: 'Getting back to the original question about teleportation
experiments, are you saying that it would be impossible, or just
technically very difficult to preserve personal identity whilst
undergoing such a process? As Brent pointed out, technical difficulty is
not an issue in thought experiments. ,
MP: I have answered this, in responding to Brent. In summary I say: if
it is just A [any old] rendition of a human you want, then given that
thought experiments allow that all practical challenges can be overcome,
the answer is Yes! On the other hand if the strict requirement of an
exact copy of a particular person is required to be output then it
becomes a question of whether or not truly infinite computing power is
required to calculate the changes occurring within the original at scan
time. If it is then the answer is NO, because infinity is infinity.
But *your* infinity is just *really big*. There are only a finite number of
atoms in a person and they have only a finite number of relations. So how can
an exact copy require infinite resources?
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